Activist cast doubt on effectiveness of the curfew

A Garissa based activist Khalif Abdi has cast doubts on the effectiveness of the curfew imposed in parts of Garissa, Lamu and Tana River by acting interior Cabinet Secretary(CS) Fred Matiangi.

Khalif told KNA on phone today that the curfew is not a solution to the recurrent insecurity posed by the Somali based Al-Shabaab terror group.

The activist said the government’s dusk to dawn curfew is not realistic since areas which were adversely affected by the terror attacks in the recent past were allegedly left out.

Khalif who is the founder member of the Northern Forum for Democracy (NFD) said the government should instead enhance patrols along the border to flush out the ragtag militia instead of employing ways that won’t have any significant effect in the fight against terror.

Curfew is not always the best solution to fight terror in the region but to enhance patrols and also working with local people who can give information on suspected militants and those working with them. The curfew will only serve to limit the population movement and hurt businesses, he said.

The security agencies have failed to create confidence among the wananchi because those willing to volunteer information fear falling victims to arbitrary arrests and being labeled sympathisers, he alleged.

He called on the new acting Interior Cabinet Secretary to review the curfew saying in the past the government had imposed similar dusk to dawn embargo but had ‘not yielded any fruit’.

The government has the tendency of imposing curfews and not reviewing it within the stipulated time gazzeted. We call on the interior minister to ensure the curfew will remain within the time frame, he added.

In a gazette notice dated on July 8 signed by Matiangi, the government imposed the curfew in Hulugho border point, Galmagala, Sangailu, Masalani, Bodhei and Milimani.

Other areas affected by the dusk to dawn curfew are Baure, Basuba, Mangai, Mararani, Ijara, Hola, Garsen, Kipini, Kiunga and Ishakani border point.

Source: Kenya News Agency